Mark Robertson is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Thursday, April 11, 2019 for the 1989 murder of 81-year old Edna Brau. Mr. Robertson was sentenced to death by a jury through a procedure deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court for its exclusion of the mitigating evidence that Mr. Robertson had an abusive father and a history of drug use. Though the Supreme Court vacated Mr. Robertson's sentence and a three-judge panel in 2002 ordered he be resentenced, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling and ordered his execution to go forward. The Supreme Court has denied hearing Mr. Robertson's appeal of the Fifth Court's decision.
On February 28, 2019, Billie Wayne Coble is scheduled to be executed in Texas for the murders of Zelda, Robert, and Sergeant Bobby Vicha in 1989. Catholic Mobilizing Network calls on all people of goodwill to oppose this action.
From governors races to ballot measures, Americans harnessed the power of their voices and their votes in the 2018 Midterms to work toward a more restorative criminal justice system. Here are just a few of the recent victories that point to an end to the death penalty, which is indeed on the horizon.
“Capital punishment vitiates our hearts’ capacity for mercy and love,” the bishops write, noting that “the death penalty not only does not correspond to the common good, it actually does great harm to it.”